Nov 23, 2016 09:27 AM EST

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' News Update: 'Most Wanted Game' in 2016 Golden Joystick Awards Despite Lack of Commander Shepard and 'Normandy'

By JC Santos

BioWare's upcoming installment to its award-winning Mass Effect series "Mass Effect: Andromeda" had won an award before it was even launched. The Golden Joystick Awards named BioWare's new massive RPG game the "Most Wanted Game" for 2016 as it earned the majority of votes.

Initially, observers panned "Mass Effect: Andromeda" because of the lack of a Commander Shepard or anyone from the earlier "Normandy" crew who starred in the earlier Mass Effect games. They now insist it may be because massive RPGs are drawing in more gamers due to amazing storytelling, the grand and beautiful world they could explore and the many things you can do in a sandbox world. Observers also said the story of "looking for humanity's home" in Andromeda is truly appealing

Gamers and veterans love the Mass Effect RPGs because of the many things you can do aside from follow the main storyline. No, those are not just Diablo-esque side quests; discovering new alien worlds, interacting with new alien species, an amazing combat system, technological and civilization scaling, and even romance between humans or aliens are just a few of the things you can do in this lush new world.

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" will star the "Pathfinder" -- one of the two male and female siblings who would embark on a quest with the first human team to explore the Andromeda galaxy to find humanity's first home in a foreign galaxy. The appeal of being an "intruder" or an "outsider" to a universe is a theme not often tackled in games -- another reason why critics believe the game is immensely appealing.

Critics are also looking forward to BioWare's "powerful" storytelling that often involves family -- and highly likely the first Mass Effect. According to BioWare Creative Director Mac Walters confirmed that the father of the two Pathfinders narrated the earliest trailer.

Commander Shepard is regarded as a legend being the universe's savior at one point. Throwbacks to Mass Effect 1-3 are indeed to be expected.

There is truly so much to look forward to with "Mass Effect: Andromeda." The game drops on Spring 2017.

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